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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Two robberies: Chief asks businesses to take defensive measures

  • Two robberies this week should serve as a wake up call to business owners there are thieves paying to attention to the times money is being taken to the bank.
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  • Two robberies this week should serve as a wake up call to business owners there are thieves paying to attention to the times money is being taken to the bank.
    The first robbery took place at 9:55 a.m. Sunday at 507 N. Commercial St. involving a white male wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and black jeans knocking a female victim to the ground and fleeing with the bank deposit bag, according to Harrisburg Police Chief Bob Smith.
    The second occurred 12:25 a.m. Tuesday at 44 N. Commercial St. in Harrisburg, a short distance from the Sunday night robbery. The robbery method was similar, though there was no physical contact made between the robber and victim. The man approached the employee in the parking lot as she was entering her vehicle and pointed to the bank bag.
    “He kind of intimidated her into giving the money up,” Smith said. “They didn’t even speak.”
    The employee handed over the bag, called Harrisburg Police and the man fled on foot. The robber is described as a white male wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt and a red bandana covering his face.
    Though the locations and methods are similar, Smith said there is not yet sufficient evidence to assume the two are related.
    “There is no way we can make a link, yet,” Smith said.
    Police are continuing to get surveillance video from nearby businesses and questioning people, though there was no suspect as of Tuesday afternoon.
    Smith asks businesses take extreme precautions when employees are leaving to make bank deposits and offers these suggestions:
    Have two people go to the bank instead of one. One might pull a vehicle around to the front door of the business and the other can leave the business directly into the vehicle.
    Employees should be aware of their surroundings. “If there is a suspicious person outside, don’t go outside,” Smith said.
    Anyone who feels threatened when needing to make a deposit may call Harrisburg Police for an escort.
    “You’ve got to protect yourself because there are people out there want to get your money,” Smith said.

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